General Motors announced on Friday that it is undergoing a recall of 322,409 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2009 and 2010 models years. The recall has been initiated to inspect for vehicles that have front seat belt webbings that may not have been properly secured to the lap belt anchor, which is mounted to the side of the seat nearest to the car’s door.
According to a GM press release, vehicles with this condition have a seat belt anchor that could potentially separate in the event of a crash. Therefore, an affected Impala’s safety belt would not meet the anchor strength requirements of the U.S. and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard covering seat belt assembly anchorages.
GM said that it has no knowledge of any injuries or deaths resulting from this condition.
The automaker stated that dealers would be inspecting the cars’ front seat belts to ensure that the anchors have been properly installed and, if necessary, will reinstall them at no cost to the owner.
The more than 300,000 owners of affected vehicles can expect to be notified by GM around October 25 by mail to bring their vehicles to a local dealer for inspection. The inspection and any repairs related to this condition will be performed free of charge.
Owners of affected vehicles can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 for more information.